Cosmetic dentistry is an area of dental medicine that focuses on creating beautiful smiles. These specialized techniques involve everything from whitening treatments to tooth replacement and straightening systems.
At The Dental Touch in Oakland, California, our team understands that no two smile makeovers are the same. Whether you need one treatment or many, here are a few things cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile.
The most obvious reason to explore cosmetic dentistry involves correcting tooth imperfections that can make a person feel self-conscious. These issues can include:
No matter what’s bothering you about your teeth, our team can help you achieve a smile you’re confident about. We take a personalized approach to help everyone in our care, either recommending one treatment or a combination of therapies for a total smile makeover, like teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, or Invisalign®.
The term “cosmetic dentistry” makes it seem like they only benefit the appearance of your smile. While that’s often a large motivating factor, cosmetic dentistry treatments actually do wonders for improving your oral health as well.
People turn to cosmetic treatments and smile restorations for numerous reasons, for example:
These issues certainly affect how your smile looks, but they also increase your risk of having plaque and tartar buildup, which increases your chances of developing gum disease.
Plus, ignoring missing teeth can even put you at risk of losing more teeth in the future. It can also lead to jaw changes and shifting teeth that affect your appearance more.
If you’re considering tooth straightening cosmetic treatments like Invisalign, you’re also investing in your bite.
Having misaligned teeth can significantly impact how your upper and lower jaw meets. Not only does this affect how you speak and chew, but it can increase your risk of tooth damage and uneven wear. Plus, having problems with your bite can cause temporomandibular joint issues. This condition, more commonly known as TMJ, can lead to chronic headaches and jaw pain.
As a result, taking steps to improve the alignment of your teeth can improve your bite as well, enhancing your smile and your overall health at the same time.
As if a beautiful smile and better oral health aren’t enough, cosmetic dentistry also provides results fast.
Whether you have a single problem or several, cosmetic dentistry treatments can often transform your smile in a single office visit. For example, our in-office Zoom!® can whiten smiles up to eight shades in less than 45 minutes.
And, if you have irregular teeth, a “gummy smile,” or bleach-resistant discoloration, we can conceal it quickly with custom-fit veneers. We bond these thin shells to the visible portion of your tooth, hiding the imperfection and improving the overall function of your teeth. We can even use veneers to conceal chips and cracks, enhancing the appearance of the tooth and adding protection and support from additional damage or disease.
You can even expect quick results with cosmetic treatments like Invisalign, which comes with treatment times up to 50% faster than other teeth straightening systems, like traditional braces.
Ready to see what cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile? Contact The Dental Touch by calling 510-324-9096 or booking an appointment online today.